Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Electoral College Reform


  1. Electors can vote for a candidate who is not in their same political party.
  2. The winner of the popular vote is not necessarily the overall winner (for example, Gore v. Bush)
  3.  Republicans often win more states overall, but Democrats often win more big states.
  4. Electoral college defenders argue that without the electoral college, candidates will spend all their time trying to rack up big victories in big cities with big media, ignoring the rest of the voters.
  5. Historically, the electoral college leader has also tended to be the popular vote leader.
  6. The electoral college makes it easier to represent minorities and enhance their involvement.
  7. The electoral college encourages a two party system.
  8. The electoral college is a system set up by the framers of the Constitution in Article 2, Section 1, and then altered by the 12th Amendment.
  9.  The electoral college avoids the possibility of a recount of the entire nation.
  10. Some of the larger states leaning in one direction could completely over power a large portion of the country.  The electoral college provides some balance to this.
  1. Would the outcome of a presidential election likely to be different if we voted by a general population vote rather than an electoral college vote?
  2. What proposals have been made to change the Electoral College system?
  3. How are electors selected?
  4. Where/when does the electoral college meet?
  5. How many times have we had a president who did not win the popular, but still won the electoral college?

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